inspired by the "Don't need no stinkin gauges" thread I thought I try my long planned gauge cluster swap. I planned this swap for a long time because I was annoyed of all the missing values in the OEM cluster and all the gauges in my air-outlets.
In this thread you will be able to watch if my attempt is going to be win or fail...
These are just my first thoughts and preparations:
I got a spare 99-00 gauge cluster from a friends killed 10AE and dismantled it completely.
*insert pic here*
From a member of the German MX-5 board I got a DWG (CAD) file for the OEM gauge cluster including the backside.
Now the thread about the Maxigauges gave my idea a final push to start my own gauge cluster.
I ordered the Large-LCD version of the Maxigauge from Hakan.
The gauge will show the following values:
Oil Pressure (oilP)
Oil Temp (oilT)
Coolant temp (Wts)
Exhaust Temp (Egt)
Air-fuel wideband (Afr) zeitronix zt2
and these alarms:
Mininum Oil pressure: red led and sound
Max Wts: red led and sound
Rpm: shiftlight blue led and sound
Max Egt: red led and sound
Lean afr alarm: red led and sound
Hakan is a great guy to deal with, he replies on mails very fast and is very helpful with every detail of the gauge. (You can get a lot of different custom settings, gauges etc.) I want to use OEM VDO sensors for oil pressure, oil temp and water temp - no problem!
- I made 2 designs on how my gauge cluster could look like.
Design Nr. 1 - I would have to swap the fuel level gauge to the right side and
the ODO LED
Nr. 2 - I could leave the fuel level gauge and maybe the ODO LED (but I don't know if it will fit together with the maxigauge)
I got 2 "spare" holes in design two - upper and right little gauge pod. What other gauges would you put in there?
Lets go on:
- I scanned the OEM gauge circuit
and I made a little drawing on what goes where:
I ordered the VDO sensors and an adapter plate for the oil-temp sensor for the oil filter. When everything is arrived I will go on and keep you informed!
Greetings from Germany